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a missing boy from landover. the child has been found safe. overnight, we learned the investigation stretched far beyond prince george's county's borders. some 2600 miles across the country. >> news4's tracee wilkins is live in palmer park where we're awaiting more information about the investigation. quick action. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. 9-year-old guilbert garcia was found in reno, nevada. this happened around 3:30 this morning. this is breaking information. yesterday evening an amber alert was issued at 8:30 last night, asking people to keep an eye out for the 9-year-old boy. police released security camera video from dodge park elementary school in landover where he was picked up by his mother, sylvia garcia, before 8:00 a.m. yesterday. that was the last time that he was seen until this morning. turns out garcia's dad had sole custody of the boy. his mom did not have permission
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to pick him up from school. school officials told me this morning that this is a new family to the school system and they were not fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the child's custody agreement. now i just spoke with a prince george's county school spokesman who tells me the mother told the school her son had a doctor's appointment and that's why she was allowed to leave with him. garcia is in custody in reno. her son is also been -- he's been taken to police custody to be brought back to his dad. they say he's just fine. in prince george's county, news4. >> thank. we're waiting to hear back from investigators in reno. we'll bring you updates as soon as we do get it. we are also following a developing story out of michigan. people in dexter, michigan, going to spend the day assessing the damage after a tornado ripped through the town near ann arbor. the slow-moving storm was parts of a system packing large hail, heavy rain, and high winds.
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that twister demolished several commercial buildings and homes. there are no reports of injuries or deaths, though. >> that storm system that spawned the tornado has weakened significantly now. it is heading our way. no severe weather, though. but tom says we could get wet, right? yeah, we've had the temperatures drop dramatically since yesterday. we've had an east wind bringing in some cool, damp, and much more stable air. so as that front does approach us, we're not going to have any severe weather from it. we do have light showers showing up, panhandle of west virginia to washington county. farther south into warren and clark and frederick county, virginia, crossing the blue ridge into northern fauquier and coming into western loudoun county now, those sprinkles will track east over the next couple of hours. and what a cool start compared to yesterday's 80s. down to just around 50 degrees now. for the rest of the day, sunrise at 7:17. might have a little sun breaking out around 9:00. we'll be up around 60 by then. here's the rest of your day planner.
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by noontime, we'll have a partly sunny middle of the day. temperatures up around 70 degrees. and then by late afternoon, we will have our temperatures drop back after we reach the mid to upper 70s. down to the low 70s. by then, we'll probably have rain around and maybe even thunder and lightning. and that may continue into this evening. i'll have your evening planner. that will be coming up in ten minutes at 6:11. aaron and joe? >> all right. thank you very much, tom. >> thank you very much. danella is off today. let's go to matt to look at traffic. matt? thanks again, joe. we are starting to see congestion. no major slowing. one accident possibly we're getting word of. it's reported along 4 at 408 in the upper marlboro stretch. caution needed. doesn't look like too much slowing. we are seeing congestion and speeds are starting to drop on your 66 stretch. live shots at nutley street from the gw parkway. all the way to the beltway. at this point an average 47 miles per hour.
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13 minutes to make the trip. a few delays on marc, brunswick east, 870 train, seven minutes late. and 890, seven minutes, too. back to you. >> thank you very much. we have breaking news now out of afghanistan. nbc reports that eight turkish soldiers and four civilians are dead in a helicopter crash in kabul. the four civilians were below the helicopter when it fell. the cause of the crash is under investigation. military officials say there was no enemy activity in the area. video shows damage to a nearby building. we'll bring you updates as they become available. the american soldier accused in a shooting rampage that killed 16 afghan civilians could be back on u.s. soil today. jim miklaszewski reports that charges could be filed against the staff sergeant when he gets here. the soldier was flown to kuwait yesterday to move him away from the backlash over the rampage in which nine children were killed. a seattle-based defense attorney who has been selected to represent the staff sergeant
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says he spoke to the soldier briefly yesterday and described him as stunned and distant. >> he is highly decorated professional soldier. never been in trouble of any kind before. very happily married, despite rumors to the contrary. everybody's really concerned about security for his -- his family and him. so i can't give you much detail about his identity. >> the soldier's a father of two. he's on his fourth deployment. his first in afghanistan when the shooting happened. he suffered two injuries, including head trauma, and alcohol may have been a factor in the shooting. new from overnight, a car crash sparks a transformer fire in fairfax. this accident happened at the intersection of lee highway and village drive. a utility pole was knocked over, setting the transformer on fire. fortunately no one was injured. the cause of the crash is under investigation now. route 29 was shut down in both directions for a short time as a recaution. we're told that the road has since reopened. today the maryland house
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takes up a plan to build a casino in prince george's county. county executives expected to testify at a committee hearing. baker wants to build the casino at national harbor. rosecroft race way's owners want to build a casino at their track instead. house leaders don't plan to take up the legislation in the senate acts. the senate could begin debate next week. they were supposed to generate millions for the state, but slots parlors in maryland may not be as profitable as supporters had hoped. maryland paying about $10,000 per slot machine per year. that's according to the "washington post." that's more than twice what lawmakers thought when they launched the program five years ago. maryland could wind up spending $50 million more than they expected to when all five of the slots parlors are open. maryland's senate has passed a budget that would raise taxes on most residents. the tax increase amendment passed by a narrow 26-20 vote with only democrats approving the measure. it includes a so-called millionaire's tax which will
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raise taxes by .25% on those making $500,000 or more a year. all of the tax increases are expected to raise more than $400 million. the budget heads to the house which has until april 9 to try to come up with a final budget package. seven minutes after the hour. new development in a d.c. political scandal involving the mayor. sources tell news4 that mayor vincent gray at a crucial moment early in his 2010 campaign personally handled as much as $100,000 in campaign contributions from the man you see here. businessman jeffrey thompson. federal prosecutors raided thompson's house and businesses earlier this month. it's part of a wide ranging probe into possible campaign wrongdoing involving gray and other politicians. the mayor has declined to comment. two students at a montgomery county middle school are accused of shooting a classmates with something like a pellet gun. this happened after classes on tuesday at the roberto clemente school in germantown. this particular gun shoots a
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small projectile like a b.b. it's similar to the one in this picture here. the victim is okay. no word on whether the students accused of firing at him will be charged. this happened at the same school where just recently two male gym teachers got into a fist fight in front of students. both are still on administrative leave. eight minutes after the hour. 54 degrees outside the studios. the new scam warning out this morning. how crooks are tricking people into giving out their information. plus, lightning in a lab. the reason scientists are creating their own storms. and we could see a little rain here today. weather & traffic on the 1s next. people! look at you!
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weather & traffic on the 1s. e early on this friday, tom kierein in storm center 4. radar showing rain moving into the panhandle of west virginia, northern shenandoah valley. it's heading now east of the blue ridge into loudoun county. patches of green. sprinkles. they're also showing up in northern prince william, northern fauquier, and just coming into frederick, washington counties in maryland, drifting off to the east. sunrise at 7:17. might have a few sprinkles over the next hour or two. sun breaking out mid morning. ought to hit the upper 60s by noontime, sunshine and clouds in and out. then a cloudy afternoon after we reach the mid to upper 70s. we'll cool down by 5:00 to near 70. by then we'll probably have showers coming through. maybe some thunder and lightning, too. and for your friday evening, going to be an umbrella night. you may need some -- an umbrella and certainly protection from rain because we'll have passing showers and thunder and lightning by midnight. a look at the week and next weekend coming up in ten minutes. matt? we're starting to see not major delays but congestion as
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you head inbound on 270. at this point up at clarksburg, you get to see coming inbound on the left side of the screen. further down. just a little bit of heavy traffic into the beltway from that 270 split, two minutes, 63 miles per hour on average. looks like the rails are starting to get heavy, as well. 870 line on the brunswick east, about seven minutes, brunswick east 890, that is up to nine minutes. still looking at minor delays. starting to see it slow a little bit. joe? >> thank you very much. an early opening tomorrow will not keep you from experiencing delays on metrorail this weekend. trains will start running an hour earlier tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. for the rock and roll marathon. there will be track work on four of the five metro rail lines. on the red line, the shady grove station will be closed all weekend. free shuttle buses will run between shady grove and rockville. trains will also be single tracking on the orange, the blue, and the green lines. all work begins at 10:00 tonight and should be completed by monday morning's rush hour.
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the gop presidential candidates focusing on puerto rico. the island holds its primary sunday. mitt romney will arrive there today. rick santorum has been campaigning in puerto rico for more than a day now. the former senator also backtracking after he said english should be puerto rico's main language if it wants to become a state. santorum now says spanish would be the predominant language there. but english would have to be spoken. president obama is hitting the campaign trail hard today. he's scheduled to hold five fundraisers today, three in atlanta, two in his hometown of chicago. the money raised will be split between the president's campaign and the democratic national committee. rod blagojevich is adjusting to his new life as a federal prisoner. the former illinois governor reported to prison yesterday afternoon. he's to serve 14 years on corruption charges. secret recordings show he tried to sell president obama's senate seat. blagojevich added his usual quirk before reporting. he apparently got lost on his
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way to prison and decided to stop and grab some return lunch at a fast food joint. his last meal as a free man. a new report shows federal prosecutors in the ted stevens corruption case intentionally hid evidence from his defense team. back in 2008, stevens was convicted of seven counts of lying about his financial disclosure statements. the report shows it prosecutors lied to the defense about pressuring their key witness. in 2009 a federal judge threw out stevens' conviction. the former alaska senator died in a 2010 plane crash. a news4 scam alert this morning. crooks are using caller i.d. to hack into your bank account. a new report shows scammers are luring cell phone users into giving account information by using automated calls or text messages that appear to come from the user's bank. once they have the account information, they call the bank using the victim's phone number and transfer cash or issue
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credit cards for themselves. more than a million fraudulent calls were detected in the second half of 2011. in the day ahead, a judge will consider whether to accept a class-action settlement regarding honda civic's hybrid fuel efficiency. the settlement would give owners $100 to $200 plus a rebate toward the purchase of a new honda. last month heather peters was awarded more than $9,8 hundred. she filed a small claims suit. she said her hybrid only got about 30 miles per gallon, not the advertised 50 miles per gallon. the penn state board of trustees will meet today talk about several proposals aimed at making the school more transparent in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal there. the former assistant coach, jerry sandusky, is accused of sexually abusing at least ten boys over a period of 15 years. prosecutors say the incidents occurred in his home, on the penn state campus, and on the road during football bowl games. sandusky is confined to his home
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waiting for his trial to begin in may. sandusky denies all of the charges. georgetown opens its ncaa tournament run today. the hoyas take on belmont in columbus, ohio. georgetown is a three seed in this year's tournament but is only favored to win by four points not the head coach knows from experience that even dominant teams can be vulnerable in the tournament if they aren't prepared and focused. >> numbers next to the name mean nothing. and if nothing else, we've learned that the last couple of years. and that if you don't come out ready to play, if you don't come out sharp, you know, all 64, 65 teams can win that game that they're participating in. so you have to be sharp and not worry about seating at all. >> reporter: >> georgetown plays belmont at 3:10 this afternoon. loyola of maryland's magical -- now that maryland's magical season is over, the greyhounds lost to ohio state 78-59 yesterday. sorry, matt, that's my
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son-in-law, the one there. it was a record year for the greyhounds, they won 24 games. that's the most in school history. loyola won just a single game eight years ago. that was the year before jimmy patsos took over as head coach. he was an assistance at maryland before that. -- an assistant at maryland before that. >> stucks steps back, fires. no -- ball game! vcu advances! >> my vcu rams' hopes for another trip to the final four still very much alive this morning. vcu topped wichita state 62-59 in the first game of the ncaa tournament yesterday. the rams take on fourth seeded indiana tomorrow. a whole new meaning to this phrase -- march madness causes a big drop in productivity. >> in more ways than one. apparently causes a surge in vasectomies. doctors advise men to take it easy after undergoing a vasectomy. a lot of men plan the procedure around the biggest tournament of
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the year so they can loggy gag on the so -- loggygag on the sofa. the number the vasectomies jumped 50% during the first week of the tournament. as if they didn't get enough of a good deal, many doctors are offering perks -- i don't get it -- such as 3d glasses. 3d glasses? t-shirts and pizza. >> what are you supposed to watch with the 3d glasses -- >> right. i didn't know the games were televised in 3d. >> how about some vodka? boy. the wizards put rebuilding -- put rebuilding mode in high gear with some moves at the trade deadline. washington has traded away center javale mcgee and guard nick young in a three-team trade. mcgee and forward turiaf are headed to denver. young returning to his hometown of los angeles to become a clipper. in return, the wizards are getting denver center nene --
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nene -- i knew i would mess that up. clippers forward brian cook, as well, as the second round draft pick in 2015. the move seemed to spark the wizards in the 99-89 win over the new orleans hornets last night. the redskins also made some moves yesterday. washington agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with free agent safety brandon merryweather this could mean the end of laron landry's time in washington. new england drafted merriweather in 2011. he played with the bears last year. and there might be more signings coming for the skins as cornerback aaron ross is expected to visit with the team today. ross is coming off a solid season with the super bowl champion new york giants where he had four interceptions. and it's going to be at least one more night before you get the chance to see some rockets lights up the night sky. nasa has postponed the launch of five rockets within five minutes from their wall ops island facility on the eastern shore until tomorrow night. they say that the possibility of
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thunderstorms in the area tonight forced them to scrub that launch. the rockets will release a chemical into the atmosphere which will help scientists study the jet stream. putting one of mother nature's powerful forces to work. some of the strongest lightning in the world can now be created in a lab. cartive university in wales has a lab that makes artificial lightning close to the strength of the most violent bolts ever recorded. that lab will use the lightning fwoelts test new components being used for airplane manufacturing. scientists hope the tests will help planes better handle bad weather. >> i see creating lightning in a lab, i see the potential for either a very scary or very funny movie. >> definitely that. we should look out for it. tom kierein's in snowstorm center 4 for us. any lightning coming our way? we might have some later this afternoon and this evening. right now, we're getting a little rain showing up on radar. this patch of green, in the panhandle of west virginia, charlestown, up 81 toward
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hagerstown and farther to the south. it's just nouling east of winchester. just moving into loudoun county, northern fauquier, into frederick county. and perhaps northern montgomery county over the next half-hour or so. what a dramatic drop from yesterday's low to mid 80s. right now we're in the low to mid 50s. a 30-degree drop. montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties, and the district right now only around 50 degrees. sunrise at 7:17. by mid morning, we may have sun breaking out. by noontime, partly cloudy, in the upper 60s. might hit mid to upper 70s briefly by early to mid-afternoon. then by late afternoon, chance for some rain to come through. maybe some thunder and lightning. that may continue through this friday evening. down to near 60 by midnight. then some sunshine back tomorrow. and a beautiful saturday. great for outdoor recreation and work. highs reaching mid 70s. cooler, mostly cloudy sunday and monday. most get rain tuesday and wednesday. let's check the friday morning commute. matt's with us. good morning. and a good morning, tom. we're still looking real good for the most part.
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we're seeing congestion build at 95 around the fairfax county parkway area. at this point, that entire stretch from the prince william parkway up to the beltway, 17-minute trip with an average of 43. could be in part because of the weather in that area. 395 northbound, that is a shot north of duke street. you're going to find minor congestion. no major problems once you make your way to the 14th street bridge. 12 minutes from the beltway to the bridge itself with an average of 55 miles per hour. back to you both. >> thanks. much more to come. the new warning about something a lot of people eat every day. plus, star power. why you may just bump into george clooney this morning.
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in "news 4 your health," walking briskly for just an hour a day could help fight genetic influences on obesity. our resident midday fitness expert steve hayes is proof of that. researchers at harvard say that exercise cuts the effects of obesity genes in half. on the other hand, things like long periods of watching tv can increase the effects of those same genes. the study is being presented at
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a meeting of the american heart associati association. also helps to run up steps. if you can keep watching tv for another, i don't know, 34 minutes or so, we'd appreciate that. >> help us. there's also a new study that shows a connection between white rice and type-two diabetes. a study from the british medical journal says diet high in white rice show a higher number of diabetes cases, especially in asian populations. in china and japan, people who ate the most rice were 55% more likely to develop the disease. doctors are quick to point out that overall i do set a big factor in preventing diabetes. 6:27 the time. we have 54 degrees out there. a local dentist arrested. how police say he abused his powers to help his love life. plus, while you slept comfortably in your bed, some people in our area chose to sleep on the sidewalk. why they're doing it ahead. and next, the latest on breaking news. an amber alert for a local boy has been canceled. now on verizon's 4g lte network.
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breaking news. a short time ago police canceled an amber alert for a child from our area who has been found a long way from home. where he is now and the person police now have in custody. plus, star power. this morning george cloey bringing hollywood clout to a rally here in washington. and the big reveal. the first glimpse this morning of the brand new ipad. good morning. welcome back to "news4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> and good morning, i'm aaron gist in for eun yang. as we -- aaron gilchrist in for eun yang. as we start off, is that fog? >> almost. >> just the camera? >> almost, not quite. just low clouds for now. >> okay. low clouds. >> indicating the possibility for rain i guess? >> if the clouds keep coming down, it will be fog. yeah. right now, there are about 500 feet. you see the top of the washington monument. it was obscured a little bit. there's the radar showing some moving color. and that is rain. we have had rain passing about 50 miles west of washington now. getting closer. just now coming in to loudoun
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county. along the blue ridge, near 66, up toward leesburg to frederick and to hagerstown getting this batch of rain. it's drifting to the east. we may get some wet pavement on 270 as well as the rest of 66 here over the next hour. right now, what a dramatic change from yesterday. we are in the low 80s, yesterday afternoon at reagan national got to 82. that set a new record for march 15. now we're 30 degrees colder than that. and we're going to stay cool through much of the morning. mid morning, sunshine breaking out. maybe by late morning. then by noontime, we'll have it partly cloudy. and maybe temperatures up then to near 70 degrees for the rest of your day planner. the clouds close back in this afternoon. bringing more rain. perhaps we'll be in the low 70s, perhaps reaching the mid to upper 70s before that. could be accompanied by thunder and lightning. showers from late afternoon may
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continue into tonight. i will have your friday evening planner coming up in ten minutes. matt has our traffic. good morning. good morning, tom. we're picking up our second accident of the morning. it is over in upper marlboro. northbound 4. this one's reported right at ritchie marlboro road. the right slain blocked. police activity there on the scene causing some -- bit of a headache. still a good trip down from baltimore at this point. taking a look at 198. 65 miles per hour on the southbound 95 commute. bw parkway, 64. that's right, at 32. not too much congestion as you can see as you head north and southbound on that bw parkway just north of the ft. meade area. back to you. >> all right. thank you. breaking news in prince george's county right now. police say a missing boy from landover has been found safe. police say 9-year-old guilbert garcia was taken out of school yesterday morning by his mother, sylvia garcia. garcia's father has full custody of the boy. overnight police found the two
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2,600 miles away in reno, nevada. again, guilbert garcia is okay. his mother is now in police custody. police are looking for a man who dragged a woman into the woods and attacked her in fairfax county. this happened wednesday night along commonwealth boulevard in burke, virginia. a 24-year-old woman told police someone snuck up behind her, dragged her into a wooded area, and sexually assaulted her. the victim says the suspect was startled by a noise and ran off. anyone with information should contact fairfax county police. this morning some georgetown residents have r on alert in light of an apparent burglary spree. thieves have hit up to eight homes in the past two weeks. the most recent one occurred on wednesday night in the 1400 block of 36th street. a georgetown student says a burglar punched him in the face when he confronted him. the burglar got away with electronics and jewelry. this morning, george clooney will join hundreds of protesters in demanding sudan's government stop blocking food and aid from reaching hundreds of thousands
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of its people. clooney testified before a senate committee earlier this week about a recent trip he made to the border region of sudan and south sudan. he's urging the international community to help ease tensions between the two sides. this morning's protest will take place in front of the sudanese embassy on massachusetts avenue in northwest d.c. it is scheduled to begin at 10:00. maryland governor martin o'malley plans to address the same-sex marriage issue today at a conference on catholicism and homosexuality. o'malley, who is a roman catholic, will speak at the new ways ministry conference in baltimore today. the ministry supported maryland's same-sex marriage legislation which was signed into law by o'malley weeks ago. baltimore's catholic archbishop says the group does not speak for the church. a virginia dentist is accused of illegally prescribing thousands of pills and then giving them to women he dated. police arrested ham ad makarita, he runs a practice on chainbridge road in oak tan. between 2 07 and 2010 he called
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in prescriptions under the names of employees and patients. prosecutors say he told his patients to return their unused pills to him. makarita is accused of giving pills to women he dated and taking explicit pictures of them while they were passed out. makaraets could face 20 years in prison if convicted. 6:36 now. ahead, the very important day ahead for the proposed casino in prince george's county. also, lining up. while you slept, a lot of folks spent the night on the sidewalk outside. the buzz about the newest ipad. and thinking like a crook. the new tactic police are using to protect metro riders. an ugly start out there.
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welcome back at 6:39. a cool 53 degrees outside our studios in upper northwest
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washington this morning. >> it looks like a scene for a film noir movie detective story with the clouds coming out of the sky. let's go to particular to see find out what that means for us. we going to get rain? >> yeah. looks like we might have some into the metro area. another hour or so. right now, we just have low clouds. it's damp and cool, there's the view from space with some of the radar there in the green. showing light rain along the blue ridge, into northern fauquier, into loudoun county now. frederick, washington counties in maryland heading off to the east. may move into montgomery county and fairfax county over another hour or so. just a few sprinkles there. what a dramatic drop from yesterday. right now near 50 degrees around the region from columbia heights to greenbelt, bowie, herndon, burke, and poolesville. we'll have temperatures climbing to the low to mid 70s by early to mid-afternoon. may actually hit upper 70s parts of virginia. a little sunshine breaking out mid morning through midday. and by noontime in the upper 60s. sun sets at 7:17.
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looks like a wet friday evening. you'll need the umbrella late this afternoon and perhaps this evening. maybe some thunder and lightning, too, this friday night. we'll have our temperatures down to near 60 by midnight tonight. a look at the weekend into next week as well as photos from my latest school visit coming up in ten minutes. matt, good morning, how's traffic? at this point we're looking at a problem, tom. and it is over in the upper marlboro stretch. tying things up northbound on route 4 right at ritchie marlboro road. the right lane remains blocked. accident activity there. we have the flashing lights. do expect heavy traffic along that stretch. give yourself a little extra time. lanes are open with the exception of that right lane blocked. 50 starting to bunch up a bit. we're still rolling for the most part at speed. there's a look at lottsford vista. into the beltway, 64 miles per hour. only going to take you about eight minutes. back to you. >> thank you, matt. for apple fans, the day has
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arrived. the new apple ipad goes on sale today. bigger, better, faster, stronger. for some people, this turned into an all-night event. people getting in line late last night or early this morning for their chance to get their hands on the newest apple product. news4's megan mcgrath is live at the apple store in georgetown. and i see a crowd behind you. >> reporter: yeah. we've got people who have been here for hours waiting to get their hands on this thing. move over, ipad 2. the new kid is in town. take a look. right here in the front window of the apple store here in georgetown, that is the latest edition of the ipad. and of course people are dying to get their hands on these things. the preorders have sold out. they're going to start selling them here at this store and others starting at 8:00 this morning. take a look at this line. these folks, many have been here as early as 3:00 in the morning. waiting in line to get their hands on the ipad 3. tell me, why wait out here so long? what is it about this gizmo? >> it's exciting to be part of
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something, a new product launch. and you have something to show off to your friends and -- it's exciting. >> reporter: do you have -- i'm assuming you've got the 2? >> i don't have the ipad 1 or the ipad 2. but i was waiting for the better screen resolution. and so -- i take a lot of pictures and videos with my ipad. it's exciting. >> what's it been like? you got here at what time? >> i got here at 3:45 in the morning and actually came from new york. i'm from columbia university. i thought to myself, am i going to wait on 5th avenue with 900 other people. when i got out of my cab, i saw two other people. and i thought to myself, i think i made the right decision. >> reporter: absolutely. although a little chilly out here. >> well, that's why i have my sweater on. >> reporter: all right. you actually were waiting for the latest to come out. >> i have been, yes. it's been two years, but i've had my iphone in the meantime. hasn't been a big deal. >> reporter: all right. good luck to you. and you can see the line has continued to grow. it's a little bit longer than when we last spoke. they open their doors at 8:00
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this morning. there is a limit, two per person. reporting live, megan mcgrath, news4. >> wait. did he say he drove from new york just to get the ipad here in d.c.? >> reporter: he came from new york. apparently they've got a larger crowd at new york. he didn't want to hang out with hundreds of other people. he came here to washington, d.c. and you can see we've got a much shorter line here. so a bit more convenient. a bit of a travel time here. but he'll be among the first to get inside the store. >> okay. all right. nice work if you can get it. thank you. >> reporter: sure. >> that's why i drive to wheeling, west virginia, to buy groceries. new from overnight, a car crash sparks a transformer fire in fairfax. the accident happened at the intersection of lee highway and village drive. a utility pole was knocked over setting the transformer on fire. no one was injured. did knock out power to some people for a little while overnight, though. the cause of the crash is under investigation and route 29 was shut down in both directions for a short time as a precaution. we're told that the road has
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since reopened. the u.s. soldier accused of killing 16 afghan civilians could be back on u.s. soil as early as today. nbc's jim miklaszewski reports that charges could be filed against the staff sergeant upon his return. the soldier was flown to kuwait yesterday to move him away from the backlash over the -- the rampage which -- in which nine children were killed. a seattle-based defense attorney who has been selected to represent the soldier says that he spoke with him briefly yesterday. he described him as stunned and distant. >> he is highly decorated, professional soldier, never opinion in trouble of any kind before. very happily married. despite rumors to the contrary. everybody's concerned about security for his -- his family and him. so i really can't give you much detail about his identity. >> the father of two was on his fourth deployment when the shooting occurred. he's suffered two injuries in his various deployments including head trauma in one. and they say that alcohol might
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have been a factor in the shootings. >> 15 before the hour. today the maryland house takes up a plane to build a casino in prince george's county. county executive rasherm baker expected to testify at a committee hearing. he wants to build a casino at national harbor. rosecroft's raceway want the casino built at their track instead. house leaders don't plan on taking up the legislation until the senate acts. the senate could begin debate next week. they were supposed to generate millions for the state. but slots parlors in maryland may not be as profitable as supporters hoped. maryland paying about $10,000 per slot machine per year. that's according to the "the washington times." more than twice who lawmakers thought when they launched the program five years ago. maryland could wind up spending $50 million more than expected when all five of the state's slots parlors are open. maryland's state senate passed a budget that would raise taxes on many residents. the tax increase amendment passed by a nir oh 26-20 vote --
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narrow 26-20 vote with only democrats voting. it includes a millionaire's tax, which would raise taxes by a quarter percent on those making $500,000 or more per year. all of the tax increases are expected to raise more than $400 million for the state. the budget now heads to the house which has until april 9 to try to come up with a final budget package. inmates in maryland could soon earn school credit and cut their prison sentences shorter. maryland delegates passed a bill that would allow inmates to shorten their sentence by 60 days for earning a high school or college degree or certifications. convicted murders would not be eligible for that -- murderers would not be eligible for the program. the bill goes to the state senate for consideration. new developments in a d.c. political scandal involving the mayor. sources tell news4 that mayor vincent gray early in his 2010 campaign personally handled as much as $100,000 in campaign contributions from businessman jeffrey thompson. federal prosecutors raided thompson's home and businesses
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earlier this month. it's all part of a wide-ranging probe into possible campaign wrongdoing involving gray and other politicians. the mayor declined to comment to news4. two students at a montgomery county middle school are accused of shooting a classmate with an air soft gun. that violence happened after classes on tuesday at roberto clemente middle school in germantown. one student brought a clear soft air gun to -- handgun to school similar to the one you see here. it shoots a small project kbriel similar to a -- projectile similar to a b.b. he and another student followed a classmate outside and shot at him. the victim is okay. now word if the students will be charged with a crime. this happened at the same school where two male gym teachers got into a fist fight in front of students last friday. both men are still on administrative leave. green is certainly the color of choice for st. patrick's day tomorrow. and not just for clothing. cnbc's jackie deangelis says a lot of people will be spending, as well. jackie? good morning, joe.
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americans are planning on spending lots of green this st. patrick's day. according to a consumer spending firm big insight. americans will reportedly spend an average of $39 on the holiday. a stimulus of roughly $4.5 billion. only about 12% of americans are actually of irish descent. yet 54% of survey respondents plan on celebrating the holiday. that's the highest number in the survey's nine-year history. happy st. patrick's day to you. and back to you guys. >> jackie, thank you very much. same to you. have a great weekend. >> you, too. after much hardship, there is music to the ears of the people of mineral, virginia. they're marking their calendars for a special concert by country superstar alan jackson. the award-winning singer will perform on sunday, may 20, in the parking lot of louisa county high school. mineral was the center of a 5.8 earthquake last august, shortly after the quake the small town of about 500 people beat out kansas city in an online voting contest. mineral's mayor said she expects about 6,000 tickets to be
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available. and a developing story from michigan. people in dexter, michigan, will spend the day assessing the damage after a tornado ripped through their rural town. this is near ann arbor, michigan. the slow-moving storm was part of a system packing large hail, heavy rain, and high winds. the twister demolished several commercial building and homes there. there are no reports of any injuries, though, or deaths. and tom kierein is here now. the -- the remnants of the storm system that moved through headed our way? >> yeah, but it's weakened dramatically thankfully. we'll get a few passing light sprinkles. then maybe showers this afternoon and this evening. right now, we've got some low clouds, a little patchy fog. it's damp and cool. around 50 degrees. sunrise at 7:17. here's the day planner. by 9:00, might get a little sunshine breaking out. then by noontime, partly cloudy, and in the upper 60s. may actually hit mid to upper 70s by early afternoon. then mid to late afternoon, does look like we'll have rain beginning to move in. could get thunder and lightning as well.
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that would be from 3:00, 4:00. and that will probably continue all the way into this evening. here's the evening planner. if you have plans for this afternoon and evening, you're probably going to need an premium. passing showers, maybe thunder and lightning until after midnight tonight. by then, our temperatures will be down to around 60 degrees. now the weekend. looking great for outdoor recreation and for work. if you're going to be working in the yard, we'll have temperatures tomorrow with some sunshine into the mid 70s. morning lows, mid 50s. and then some clouds roll back in on saturday night into sunday. and sunday, cooler weather, mostly cloudy. a little sun in and out. highs reaching upper 60s. then mostly cloudy, monday, too, near 70. more rain tuesday and wednesday. highs reaching near 70 degrees. rain today and tonight and as well as next week going to help to wash some of the pollen out of the air. earlier this week, last -- what was it, wednesday? it was wednesday, i visited glen forest elementary school in falls church and talked to second graders. had a great time there. they have a big school.
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they've got 800 -- 900 students at this glen forest elementary school. a lot of second-graders filling the cafeteria to hear it weather. i want to thank teacher jennifer uri in the red top for the invitation. had a terrific time. cindy choda's the principal. a wonderful school, glen forest elementary school in fairfax county, falls church. let's check the traffic. matt? we're getting word of a new problem, tom. this one along 66. we're checking on it as we speak. reported at nutley. two earlier problems, basically the same neighborhood. northbound 4 at ritchie marlboro road. the right lane remains blocked. we're also dealing with a problem along 4 at 408 from earlier. top side beltway, we see heavy traffic as per usual this time of day. 39 miles per hour average. it will take you 14 minutes heading between 95 and out toward the 270 stretch as you pass silver spring and into that area. joe, back to you. >> all right. thank you very much. one of the biggest marathons in the nation's capital could cause you some major headaches
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if you plan to travel downtown this weekend. the suntrust rock and roll usa marathon is tomorrow. it's the only marathon run completely within the limits of the district which means that there will be road closures across the city. the most significant closures will be around rfk stadium where the start and finish lines are located. some ramps on i-295 and i-395 will also be closed. the race begins at 8:00 tomorrow morning. but road closures will begin at 3:00 in the morning. metro also opening early for the marathon. you should still expect delays. trains will start running an hour early tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. there will be track work on four of the five lines. one station will be closed. the shady grove station on the red line. free shuttle buses will run between there and rockville. all the work begins at 10:00 tonight and should be done by monday morning's rush hour. metro transit police using new tactics to crack down on crime. officers now patrolling metro parking garages and are thinking
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like bad guys. they're looking for valuables left uncovered in your cars. if officers see ipods, cell phones, gps devices, even the mounting brackets or a cell phone charger, they're going to send a postcard to the car's owner warning them that they could become a victim of theft. the new carrollton station ranked number one for crime last year, primarily because of parking lot thefts. continuing to follow breaking news out of prince george's county. a missing boy from landover has been found. he is safe. 2,600 miles from home. news4's tracee wilkins is live at police headquarters in palmer park. she has the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. 9-year-old guilbert garcia was found in reno, nevada, around 3:30 this morning. he was about his mother. he -- he was with his mother. his mother now in police custody. an amber alert was issued for him at about 8:30 last night asking people to keep an eye out for him. police released security camera video also from dodge park elementary school where he was picked up by his mother, sylvia
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garcia, before 8:00 a.m. yesterday. that was the last time he was seen. turns out garcia's dad had sole custody and the mom did not have permission to pick him up. school officials say this is a new family to the school and they were not fully aware of the custody agreement. prince george's county school spokesman tells me the mother told the school her son had a doctor's appointment, and that's how she got him out of school. police say that sylvia garcia is facing charges associated with abducting her son. she's being held there in nevada, and her son's in the process of beginning to make his way back to prince george's county to be reunited with his father. in prince george's county, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >> very quick action by authorities. thank you very much. one last look at our forecast before we go. >> a cool, damp start. grab the umbrella before you head out. you might need it. perhaps another hour or so, passing sprinkle. then a little sun breaking out midday. we'll be climbing to the mid 70s much of the region by early to mid-afternoon. from mid to late afternoon into the evening hours when we could
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have more rain, maybe thunder and lightning, ending after midnight. nice weekend to follow. cooler weather moving in. matt, how's the friday commute? a new problem on thewide. we are looking at the right lane blocked. it is eastbound 66. a live look at stopping and going on the ramp to get there. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much. that is "news4 today." thanks for starting your friday with us. >> the "today" show is next. we're back in 25 minutes with weather, traffic, and breaking news. , any luck finding a car? not yet. i want to buy used but how do you know what you're really getting. check out carmax. all their used cars are guaranteed. that's where henderson found the one for him. way to go, henderson. finding the perfect car is easy at carmax because each car is carefully selected, inspected, thoroughly reconditioned and backed with a five-day money back guarantee
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